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THE llEWWESTBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL 



A PROPOSAL PRESENTED BY 

THE HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING COMMITTEE 




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MARCH 1966 



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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 



The Westborough High School Planning Committee 
met and organized on April 12, 1965 with Robert B. 
Mclnnis, Chairman; S. Parker Tyler, Treasurer; Mrs. 
Stephen S. Hull, Secretary; William H. Mason; Joseph 
P. Ruchinskas; Michael Kudravetz; and Harold F. Fish- 
er, members. It was charged with the responsibility of 
developing, with the aid of competent architects, plans 
and specifications for a new senior high school facility 
and to report with such plans and specifications on or 
before the next annual town meeting to enable the 
town to vote upon the construction of a new senior 
high school. 

Following is a summary of the work and conclus- 
ions of this committee. 



1. Architect - Sixteen architects were interviewed 
and ten schools visited in connection with these inter- 
views. The committee chose the firm of The Architects 
Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) of Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
This firm is one of the leading group of architects in 
the country and has designed many high schools as 
well as hospitals, college buildings, vocational schools, 
elementary schools, and a myriad of other structures. 
Several of their buildings have gained national atten- 
tion. Mr. John Harkness, a senior partner in the 
firm, is in charge of preliminary plans for Westborough. 
Mr. Harkness has personally designed many high schools 
and has shown the committee that he not only has an 
excellent sense of design and layout but has the exper- 
ience that has helped the committee plan economically. 
I might add that it has been a pleasure working with 
an architect who is not concerned with building a 
"memorial" to himself but is genuinely concerned with 
keeping costs down. Since the committee is obviously 
not made up of expe'rts we have been fortunate to 
have this firm to study minutely every detail of con- 
struction, materials, layout and aid us in our decisions. 



3. Plans - A long and slow process of drawing, re- 
viewing, and drawing again finally has come to a suc- 
cessful conclusion. The architect has spent many even- 
ings with this committee going over alternate plans. 
Mr. Robinson, School Superintendent, has been at all of 
our meetings as an advisor as has Mr. Wetherell, the 
High School Principal. In addition, Mr. Wetherell had 
a set of plans for the high school teachers to review 
and at another meeting met with both the architects 
and key teachers. From these meetings came innum- 
erable constructive criticisms which helped immeasurab- 
ly in bringing drawings to a final stage. Elsewhere in 
the brochure you can see the results of eleven months' 
work. 



4. Costs - $3,499 million plus $250,000 for pool. 
See charts which explain effect on tax rate and state 
aid provisions. 



5. Size - The size of this new school for 1,200 pup- 
ils was decided upon after considerable discussion with- 
in this committee and with the Sites and Facilities 
Committee. All of the projections we studied easily 
supported this size. The Finance Advisory Committee 
has been over this aspect with us in depth and has 
unanimously endorsed our decision. 



report that a new grade school will be needed a few 
years after the completion of the new high school. It 
is felt that the high school being proposed now fits into 
a long range building program. It may be recalled that 
the town of Westborough voted unanimously at the 
annual town meeting in March 1965 to follow this 
course. No matter what course of action we take, we 
will probably face double sessions in some or all 
schools before completion of a new structure. 



Conclusion - This Committee has worked long and 
hard at a sometimes exciting, sometimes tedious task. 
Our path has certainly not been without obstacles. 
However, nothing good comes easy. Because we had 
a committee of seven distinct individuals, each with 
his own ideas, hopes, prejudices and personalities, our 
progress was slow but steady. When we reached a 
conclusion, you can be sure that this conclusion was 
thoroughly thought out, every aspect minutely exam- 
ined, every voice heard. We want the people of West- 
borough to know that behind every move we made 
was the well being of our school children and the in- 
terests of our taxpayers. The committee feels that we 
are presenting to you a school that will best serve the 
town at the best possible price. We ask you to support 
us in this conclusion. 



2. Educational Specifications - These were drawn 
up with the aid of the school superintendent, admin- 
istrators, teachers, and the School Building Assistance 
Commission. 



6. Reason for High School - It would probably be 
worthwhile to review quickly the reasons for building 
a new high school as opposed to other alternatives. 
First, to gain 600 new student spaces by other means 
(i.e. additions to existing high school and junior high 
school plus new grade school) is just as expensive. 
Second, by adding at the - fop of the system (T.e~ The™ 
high school) we free the present high school for use as 
a junior high school and the present junior high school 
may be used for an elementary school. We recog- 
nize that this is not a permanent solution for the entire 
system and refer to the Sites and Facilities Committee 



ROBERT B. MclNNIS, CHAIRMAN 



January 31, 1966 



Plot Plan 




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MAIN LOBBY, CAFETERIA AND AUDITORIUM 


100 


KITCHEN 


101 


CAFETERIA 


102 


FACULTY DINING 


103 


DISHWASHING 


104 


MAIN LOBBY 


105 


ADMINISTRATION 


106 


GUIDANCE 


107 


HEALTH 


108 


COAT ROOM 


109 


AUDITORIUM 


110 


PRACTICE ROOMS 


111 


BAND ROOM 


112 


ART ROOM 


113 


STAGE 


114 


BOILER ROOM 


115 


EXERCISE ROOM 


116 


BOYS' GYM 


117 


LOBBY 


118 


GIRLS' GYM 


119 


STORAGE 



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SPECIALIZED CLASSROOMS AND LBRARY LI 


200 


LIBRARY CLASSROOM 


201 


LIBRARY 


202 


AUDIO-VISUAL AND LIBRARIAN 


203 


CLASSROOM 


204 


BUSINESS CLASSROOM 


205 


STUDENT ACTIVITIES 


206 


UPPER AUDITORIUM 


207 


TYPING ROOM 


208 


CLOTHING ROOM 


209 


LIVING AREA 


210 


OFFICE PRACTICE 


211 


FOOD LAB. 


212 


LECTURE HALL 


213 


PREPARATION ROOM 


214 


POWER SHOP 


215 


METAL SHOP 


216 


WOOD SHOP 


217 


GENERAL RECEIVING 


218 


DRAFTING ROOM 



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THIRD FLOOR 
CLASSROOM LEVEL 

300-303 CLASSROOMS 

304 LANGUAGE LAB. 

305 CONFERENCE 

306 CLASSROOM 

307 CLASSROOM 

308 TEACHERS' ROOM - MEN 

309 TEACHERS' ROOM - WOMEN 

310 STORAGE 
311,312 CLASSROOMS 

313,314 CONFERENCE -STORAGE 

315-320 CLASSROOMS 

321 STORAGE 

322 STORAGE 
323-326 CLASSROOMS 
327,328 CONFERENCE - STORAGE 
329 CLASSROOM 



330 


STAGE HOUSE 


331-333 


CLASSROOMS 


334 


CONFERENCE -STORAGE 


335 


UPPER LECTURE ROOM 


336 


CONFERENCE 


337,338 


CLASSROOMS 


339 


ADVANCED SCIENCE 


340 


SCIENCE REFERENCE 


341 


PHYSICS LAB. 


342 


PHYSICS PREP. 


343 


GENERAL SCIENCE 


344 


SCIENCE PREP. 


345 


SCIENCE PREP. 


346 


CHEMISTRY LAB. 


347 


CHEMISTRY PREP. 


348 


CHEMISTRY LAB. 


349 


BIOLOGY LAB. 


350 


BIOLOGY PREP. 


351 


BIOLOGY LAB. 



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LOCKER AREA 

BOYS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICE 
BOYS' LOCKER ROOM 
COACHES' OFFICE 
HOME TEAM LOCKERS 
VISITORS' LOCKERS 
SHOWERS AND DRYING AREA 
GIRLS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICE 
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COACHES' OFFICES 



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EQUIPMENT ROOM 
SHOWERS AND DRYING AREA 
GIRLS' PHYSICAL EDUC. OFFICES 
GIRLS' LOCKERS AND SHOWERS 
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GYM AND POOL 


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EXERCISE ROOM 


101 


BOYS' GYM 


102 


LOBBY 


103 


GIRLS' GYM 


104 


STORAGE 


105 


POOL 



BUDGET FOR PROPOSED SCHOOL 



Classroom Building and Gym 









Total Cost 


Westborough's 
Share 


Building (141,000 sq. ft. 






$2,550,000 




Equipment 






400,000 




Site Development 






250,000 




Architect's Fee (6.3%) 






1 74,000 




Contingency 






100,000 




Misc. (clerk, printing, borings] 






25,000 
$3,499,000 


$1,773,993 


Swimming Pool 






$250,000 


$126,750 


Construction of Building Cost 


($2,550,000 


) 


= $18.00 sq. ft. 




Per pupil cost (without pool) 


141,000 sq 


. ft. 


$3,514,000 = 
1200 
136.66 


$2,928.33 


Per pupil cost (with pool) $3,764,000 = 


$3, 





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The above cost figures do not include interest charges. 
The state does not reimburse interest. 
State share is 49.26%. 



WESTBORO HIGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS 
ACTUAL ENROLLMENTS 



YEAR 



ELEMENTARY JUNIOR HIGH HIGH 



TOTAL 



1960-61 


958 


305 


393 


1656 


1961 -62 


1051 


305 


451 


1807 


1 962 - 63 


1128 


310 


475 


1913 


1 963 - 64 


1189 


346 


508 


2043 


1964-65 


1282 


352 


534 


2168 


1 965 - 66 


1337 


375 


563 


2275 



PROJECTED ENROLLMENTS 



1 966 - 67 


1400 


410 


585 


2395 


1967-68 


1440 


470 


635 


2545 


1968-69 


1450 


515 


675 


2640 


1969-70 


1480 


515 


740 


2735 


1970-71 


1525 


550 


800 


2875 


1971 -72 


1560 


550 


855 


2965 


1972-73 


1590 


550 


925 


3065 


1973-74 


1640 


565 


925 


3130 


1 974 - 75 


1700 


575 


930 


3205 


1 975 - 76 


1750 


585 


950 


3285 


1 976 - 77 


1800 


600 


950 


3350 


1977-78 


1840 


600 


970 


3410 


1978-79 


1900 


600 


1000 


3500 



The above figures are intermediate of several reviewed by the committee. 
These were prepared by the Supt. of Schools and represent a fair evaluation. 
The committee feels that actual future enrollments may well exceed these pro- 
jections. 



TOTAL COST (WITH POOL) $3,764,000 (includes $1 5,000 already spent) 
State Share ---$1,854,146.40 $3,549,000 @ 3.75% for 20 years 



Effect on Tax 


Principal 


Interest 


State Share 


New Cost 


14.86 


$177,450 


$133,087.50 


$87,707.32 


$222,830,180 


14.41 


1 77,450 


126,433.125 


87,707.32 


216,175.805 


13.97 


177,450 


119,778.750 


87,707.32 


209,521.430 


13.52 


1 77,450 


113,124.375 


87,707.32 


202,867.055 


13.08 


177,450 


106,470.00 


87,707.32 


196,212.680 


12.64 


177,450 


99,815.625 


87,707.32 


189,558.305 


12.19 


177,450 


93,161.250 


87,707.32 


182,903.930 


11.75 


177,450 


86,506.875 


87,707.32 


176,249.555 


11.31 


177,450 


79,852.50 


87,707.32 


169,595.180 


10.86 


177,450 


73,198.125 


87,707.32 


162,940.805 


10.42 


177,450 


66,543.75 


87,707.32 


156,286.430 


9.98 


177,450 


59,889.375 


87,707.32 


149,632.055 


9.53 


177,450 


53,235.00 


87,707.32 


142,977.680 


9.09 


177,450 


46,580.625 


87,707.32 


136,323.305 


8.64 


177,450 


39,926.25 


87,707.32 


129,668.930 


8.20 


177,450 


33,271.875 


87,707.32 


123,014.555 


7.76 


177,450 


26,617.50 


87,707.32 


1 16,360.180 


7.31 


177,450 


19,963.125 


87,707.32 


109,705.805 


6.87 


177,450 


13,308.75 


87,707.32 


103,051.430 


6.43 


177,450 


6,654.375 


87,707.32 


96,397.055 



TOTAL COST (WITHOUT POOL) $3,514,000 (includes $15,000 already spent) 
State Share ---49.26% --- $1,730,996.40 $100,000 matched immediately 



$3,299,000 @ 3.75% for 20 years 



Effect on Tax 


Principal 


13.81 


$164,950 


13.40 


164,950 


12.98 


164,950 


12.57 


164,950 


12.16 


164,950 


11.75 


164,950 


11.33 


164,950 


10.92 


164,950 


10.51 


164,950 


10.10 


164,950 


9.68 


164,950 


9.27 


164,950 


8.86 


164,950 


8.45 


164,950 


8.03 


164,950 


7.62 


164,950 


7.21 


164,950 


6.80 


164,950 


6.38 


164,950 


5.97 


164,950 



Interest 

il 23, 712.50 
117,526.875 
111,341.25 
105,155.625 
98,970.000 
92,784.375 
86,598.750 
80,413.125 
74,227.50 
68,041.875 
61,856.25 
55,670.625 
49,485.00 
43,299.375 
37,113.75 
30,928.125 
24,742.50 
18,556.875 
12,371.250 
6,185.625 



State Share 

$81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 
81,549.82 



Net Cost 

$207,112.68 
200,927.055 
194,741.43 
188,555.805 
182,370.180 
176,184.555 
169,998.930 
163,813.305 
157,627.680 
151,442.055 
145,256.430 
139,070.805 
132,885.180 
126,699.555 
120,513.930 
114,328.305 
108,142.680 
101.957.055 
95,771.430 
89,585.805 



DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL 



Your High School Planning Committee recommends 
that our new forty classroom senior high school on the 
Aronson property, West Main Street be constructed as a 
three story building. 

A careful review of the site topography, education- 
al requirements, construction costs, traffic and student 
outdoor activities has revealed to this Committee that 
from an overall standpoint the best construction plan 
for this site is a three story building. 

This Committee unanimously accepted the concept 
of a multi-story high school building; the final form is 
the three-story structure which we are recommending 
to the citizens. The multi-story approach allows the 
best utilization of land, construction economy, lower 
foundation and roof costs, future expansion possibili- 
ties, and an overall economy of school maintenance 
operation. 

SITE LOCATION 

The three story complex designed for 1200 students 
will be located on the 30 acre portion of the Aronson 
property purchased by the townspeople last year. 
The main building will face West Main Street with a 
separate structure located behind the school to house 
the gymnasium and locker rooms. This arrangement 
separates the high volume noise area from the main 
school structure and also allows the building to be used 
separately for after school and community purposes. 
The practice fields, track, football and baseball area 
will extend along the Charles Street side of the prop- 
erty from West Main Street to Ruggles Street. Access 
roads will be provided from both West Main and Rug- 
gles Streets with sufficient parking areas developed to 
satisfy the needs of the school and the public. Public 
utilities of water, gas, electricity and sewerage are 
available at this site. Provisions have been made to 
include site development work alleviating the area 
drainage problem. 

MANY PLANS STUDIED 
— hr-determini ng th e p rop os ed plan , t he H i gh S c hoo l 

Planning Committee and the architects developed many 
types of plans and arrangements plus considering vari- 
ous locations on the site. The plan selected best ac- 
commodates the requirements of convenience of pupils 
and staff, the public use of the building, the site and 
its contours, and the problems of the safest traffic ap- 
proaches to and from the building. 



SCHOOL PLANS 

The proposed new senior high school will be an 
efficient economical building of which Westborough 
townspeople can be justly proud. Every consideration 
has been given to make it a modern educational plant. 
No embellishments are included in the design and at 
the same time no sacrifices have been made in satis- 
fying the educational specifications. The building has 
been planned to take utmost advantage of the existing 
site and topography. Entrances and exits to ground 
level will be available from both the first and the 
second floors of the school. 

The plan embodies core facilities, i.e., auditorium, 
library, gymnasium, administrative facilities, kitchen 
and heating facilities, which will satisfy the current 
size of the school and can be expanded for the ulti- 
mate size of the school with the exception of the audi- 
torium and the gymnasium. These two are at their 
required size. 

The building layout has been carefully planned so 
that the areas including the library, cafeteria, and 
auditorium, if used evenings, can be completely closed 
off from the rest of the building. 

EXTERIOR DESIGN 
The construction of the building will be fire-resistant 
throughout. Masonary construction, featuring poured 
reinforced concrete and brick with ample areas of glass, 
are featured on the outside of the building. Roofs are 
to be concrete slab covered with a composition surface 
that will carry a 20 year bond. The building will be 
long and horizontal and the entire structure blended 
into a pleasing arrangement. Skylighting of corridors 
will be utilized on the third floor and various secondary 
means will be utilized to bring outside light into other 
areas of the building. Careful attention has been given 
to the selection of all exterior materials to minimize 
cost over the years ahead. 

INTERIOR DESIGN 

Throughout the design and in the selection of ma- 
terial for the mterior of The building! careful attention 
has been paid to provide optimum conditions for easy 
housekeeping and maintenance. 

The interior of the building will be finished in full 
accordance with present day standards. Wall surfaces 
will be glazed tile wherever essential for maintenance. 
Partitions will have exposed masonry blocks that will 
be painted in designated areas. Floors will be finished 



in terrazzo. ceramic tile or vinyl asbestos depending on 
the use conditions. Ceilings will be covered with prop- 
er amounts of acoustical tile in the required areas. 

Sufficient corridor lockers will be provided for the 
students along one side of the various corridors. 

Utilities, electric system, plumbing, heating and vent- 
ilating will be complete in every respect in accordance 
with present day standards and to meet the require- 
ments of all authorities having jurisdiction. 

FIRST FLOOR 
An inlaid brick outside entrance will lead to the 
main lobby. Immediately off the main lobby will be 
the administrative offices, guidance area, health suite 
and the arts and crafts area. Centrally located will be 
the 750 seat two story auditorium with the band rooms 
and the heating areas on the other side of the building. 
Descending a half flight from the main lobby will be 
the cafeteria seating 400 students. Feeding will be 
done through three serving lines. The kitchen will be 
adequately equipped with modern food preparation, 
cooking and dishwashing services. 

SECOND FLOOR 
Ascending a half flight of stairs from the main 
lobby will lead to a spacious library that will seat 120 
students, have small conference rooms and individual 
study areas plus providing an area for 12,500 reference 
books. Across the library will be the second floor ent- 
rance to the auditorium. On either side of the aud- 
itorium will be the commercial education and home 
making areas. The southern end of this floor will con- 
tain the industrial arts-woodworking, mechanical draw- 
ing, metal and power shop. Adjacent to the industrial 
arts area will be a 1 00 seat lecture room. 
THIRD FLOOR 
The major portion of the 40 classrooms will be 
found on this floor. The language laboratory will be 
found in the northern end, while the science area is 
grouped together in the southern end of this floor. 
Adjoining preparation roomsliave Been provided in the 
science area coupled with a small science library off 
from the main lecture room. Adequate storage, con- 
ference and department head spaces have been pro- 
vided amid the classroom area. Moveable partitions 
will be present in certain rooms to allow team teaching. 
The classrooms will vary in size from 750 sq. ft. to 
1000 sq.ft. 



COMMITTEE REPORTS 

PERMANENT SITES AND FACILITIES COMMITTEE 

The Permanent School Facilities and Sites Committee is making the fol- 
lowing report from the standpoint of space and facilities for the students of 
Westborough. The cost and design of buildings are not the responsibility 
of this committee. 

Based upon our own projections plus meetings with the High School Plan- 
ning Committee, Westborough School Committee and Mr. Downs, the town 
planner, we unanimously favor the recommended 1200 pupil high school. 
This will then make available space in the new high school and the junior 
high school (present high school ), for the redistribution of students when the 
capacity is reached in elementary or any other level. Even with the new 
school we feel that additional elementary space will have to be provided 
by 1970. However, definite recommendations on the problem can not be 
made until the decision of the town voters is known. 

If a smaller high school is approved space will be at capacity or near 
capacity at all three levels (elementary, junior high and high school) as soon 
as 1970 or by 1971 at the latest. We would then have to recommend ad- 
ditional space and facilities in 1 968 for use in 1971. 

If a high school is not approved at this time we will have to recommend 
immediate plans and action for an elementary school in 1968 with possible 
additional space in the junior high school and the senior high school. 

Our projections are based on the continued use of the Eli Whitney and 
Harvey School. 

Sites and definite recommendations by this committee other than our 
first stated recommendation are not possible until the decision of the voters 
is known. 

James A. Harvey, Chairman 



WESTBOROUGH P.T.A. 

On January 27th, the Executive Board of the Westboro PTA held a joint 
meeting with the Planning Committee for the Westboro High School. During 
that meeting, the Executive Committee reviewed the plans for the new high 
school and its projected costs. 

The Executive Board believes that the plans developed by the Planning 
Committee provide adequate, yet not excessive, or elaborate facilities for 
the town's future needs. It should be noted that the plans are flexible 
enough to inexpensively provide future expansion. This type of planning 
shows the time, effort and foresight which the Planning Committee devoted 
to this project. 

As parents and teachers, as voters and taxpayers, and as an organization 
whose prime consideration is education, we recognize our responsibility in 
endorsing the Planning Committee's recommendations. After due consider- 
ation, the Executive Board of the Westboro PTA unanimously endorsed the 
recommendations of the Planning Committee for the Westboro High School 
which will be presented as three articles on the agenda of the annual town 
meeting. 

Robert K. O'Brien, President 




$$t$wad Street, Nation /C 



February 2, 1966 



Mr. Robert C. Mclnnis 

Chairman 

High School Planning 

Committee 
13 Oldham Road 
Westborough, Mass. OI581 

Dear Mr. Mclnnis: 

I am writing to indicate 
approval of preliminary plans for 
the proposed High School (with 
swimming pool) in Westborough, as 
filed in this office on January 21, 
1966, and February 2, 1966, by The 
Architects Collaborative. 

When a complete set of 
final plans and specifications has 
been filed with us, your next step 
is to schedule a conference with us 
to discuss them. 



SJD/WBB/cp 



Very truly yours, 




Simeon J. Domas 
Administrator 



cc: Supt. Robinson 
Architect 



GYMNASIUM 
Separated from the main building will be the gym- 
nasium with seating capacity of about 1000 plus a lock- 
er and storage area beneath the gymnasium. An area 
will be set up off the main gymnasium floor for the 
purpose of special physical education activities and 
exercise. The locker area will have adequate provis- 
ions and facilities for the students plus separate areas 
for visiting teams and contact sports. 

EQUIPMENT 

The estimate includes the cost of all equipment re- 
quired to furnish the entire building ready for use. All 
the necessary equipment for classrooms, offices, kitchen, 
library, cafeteria, auditorium, gymnasium, custodial e- 
quipment for both interior and exterior use has been 
figured in the estimated cost. 

Inclusion of such items in the original equipment of 
the school is extremely beneficial to the Town of West- 
borough because of the 49% reimbursement by the 
State. This 49% applies to all the equipment to go with 
the school as well as to the building and site develop- 
ment. 

The portion of equipment purchased by the Town at 
this time as a separate item will not be included as 
part of the construction cost on which the architect's 
fees will be determined. 

If the Town were not to include such equipment at 
this time and were to purchase it later, it would have 
to pay the full 100% of the cost. 

SAFETY 

Ample stairways have been incorporated into this 
building to provide good pupil circulation patterns and 
also allow rapid egress if necessary. Ground level 
exits will be present on both the first and second floor 
of both sides of the building. Secondary exits are pres- 
ent throughout the various areas in the school. 

Access roads lead from both West Main and Ruggles 
Streets to the school as a means to reduce traffic prob- 
lems. 

An elevator has been provided within the northern 
end of the building to allow physically handicapped stu- 
dents to attend classes and also allow the movement of 
heavy equipment and supplies from floor to floor. 

EXPANSION 
As a means of long-range planning the proposed 
new senior. high school is being designed for future ex- 
pansion to a 1800-2000 student capacity. The site 
area adjacent to the southeast corner of the building 



has been set aside for future classrooms and also tie 
in with the present building. The cafeteria, library, 
and administration area have provisions for expansion 
along two or three approaches. 

TOWN ACTION 

This Committee has planned that this school should 
continue to provide a broad offering of the cultural 
courses and also expand those of a practical nature, 
especially for non-college students. Skill may thus be 
developed in the common tools and an opportunity 
given to explore attitudes. The demands of tomorrow 
cannot be met with yesterday's tools. 

These plans are our recommendations to you the 
townspeople into whose hands the decision now rests 
regarding the future hopes and realizations of your 
child and mine, not only to themselves, but to the 
benefit of the town, state and the nation. 



SWIMMING POOL 

We earnestly solicit your support on the article in 
the warrant to be presented at the Annual Town Meet- 
ing for the inclusion of a swimming pool in the pro- 
posed new High School. The Committee is of the opin- 
ion that a pool would be a valuable asset to the ed- 
ucational and athletic programs, as well as to the rec- 
reational program of the community. 

The Committee finds that many progressive com- 
munities are including swimming in their educational 
and athletic programs, both at the junior high and sen- 
ior high school levels. It is felt that Westborough has 
the resources, the foresight, and the civic pride to be 
among these communities who offer the most advanced 
educational and athletic programs possible. 

The recreational values of a swimming pool for a 
town with no seashore and only limited outdoor swim- 
ming facilities are obvious. It is felt that the time to 
act is now; not several years later when the cost of an 
addition will be much more costly. Such an addition 
would require a change in the entire locker room set- 
up as well as other major structural changes to the 
building. 

We envision a broad swimming program which 
might include children and adults of all ages. The pool 
will be available during the evenings and week-ends, 
and during the summer months when school is not 
in session; provided the pool is not being used for 



school activities. Classes would be conducted for non- 
swimmers, beginners, swimmers, and advanced swim- 
mers, and would also be available for clubs, organ- 
izations, and "splash parties." 

The Westborough School Committee would have 
jurisdiction over the pool, and the Physical Education 
Department would supervise the various programs. 

There would be a small fee charged to all who use 
the pool, outside of regularly scheduled school activ- 
ities. 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

The Westborough School Committee unanimously 
endorses and supports the present plans of the High 
School Planning Committee. 

Also, with reference to the proposed swimming pool, 
the Committee unanimously reaffirms their policy re- 
garding the use of all school property by community 
groups. "The worthwhile use of all school property 
shall be encouraged, when such use will not interfere 
with the school program or the activities of school - 
sponsored organizations." This would, of course, in- 
clude the use of the swimming pool, if such were to 
be provided with the new High School facilities. 









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